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WSDA is proud to offer one hour of continuing education at Dental Action Day for the 2nd consecutive year. This year's topic will once again be Health Care Reform and will feature Brad Finnegan from the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.

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Dentistry in the News: Declining state dental benefits create issues of access, cost

Today, the Yakima Herald-Republic published a piece on the negative impacts of the state eliminating non-emergent dental care for Medicaid-eligible adults. The article in its entirety is included below or can be found here.

WSDA was recently interviewed for a piece on dental Mediciad cuts in the Huffington Post. That article can be found here.

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Several Local Races Still Up For Grabs

This was a unique year for the Washington State Legislature as both Republicans and Democrats battled for an astonishing 27 open seats (19 House, 8 Senate).

Democrats held a 27-22 advantage over Republicans in the Senate heading into Election Day. As of Thursday afternoon, the only Senate race yet to be determined was in Southwest Washington’s 17th Legislative District. Tim Probst (D-Vancouver) is hanging on to a narrow lead over incumbent Don Benton (R-Vancouver). If Probst, who previously served in the House of Representatives, can hang on to his 100 vote lead, Democrats will preserve their 27 seats in the Senate.

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WSDA Opposes Denturist Scope Expansion

This summer, the Department of Health (DOH) has begun a Sunrise Review of potentially expanding the scope of practice of licensed denturists to include “making, placing, constructing, altering, reproducing, or repairing all other nonorthodontic removable oral devices” and “teeth whitening using bleaching solutions of twenty percent or less.”  

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